SongDoor 2009 Winners Announced

Nashville, TN, January 25, 2010 --( The winners of the SongDoor 2009 International Songwriting Competition have been announced: the Grand Award has gone to Robert Gillies of Stirling, Scotland. Entries were received from 24 countries on five continents.

“Out of a possible 700 total points, the first, second and third place songs were within five points of each other,” says SongDoor president Tony Zotta. “This is the closest Grand Award scoring we've ever had. All six of the Category Winners deserve the recognition - we only wish we could give first prize to all of them." The winning songs may be heard online at The competition was generously sponsored by, Broadjam, 16 Ton Studios, MasterWriter, Tanager Audioworks and Hard Twist Music/BMI. Not just the winners won - everyone who entered this year's competition will receive a free self-paced online songwriting course from, as well as free melody-writing software to help them improve their skills.

“I am totally blown away," said Robert Gillies, this year's Grand Award winner. Gillies, originally from Stirling, Scotland, is currently a student at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Gillies comes from a musical family and plays a multitude of instruments, and is also an accomplished singer and performer. (Boston locals can see Robert perform at an Open Mic NIght at the famous Club Passim in Cambridge, February 9 at 7pm.)

As winner of this year's Grand Award, Gillies wins a single-song publishing contract, a one-year Platinum membership to, a full-band demo cut at a high-profile studio on Nashville's Music Row, Masterwriter software, Tanager Audioworks software and a host of other prizes valued at more than $7,700. For more about this year's SongDoor winner, visit and

Here is a list of all of the winners of the SongDoor 2009 International Songwriting Competition:

Grand Award Winner:

Soft Rock Category: Saturday In June
Robert Gillies (Glasgow, Scotland)

Category Winners:

Nick Cardilino/David C. Smith
“Christ Reigns”
(Ohio/Indiana, USA)

Debra Gussin/Rik Howard
“Is That You”
(California, USA)

Tom Carleno
“Chid's Play”
(Colorado, US)

Beth Walker/Richard Howland
“What A Kiss Means”
(New Jersey, USA)

Soft Rock:
Robert Gillies
“Saturday in June”
(Glasgow, Scotland)

Eleanor Kleiner/Elie Brangbour
“Go Call The Captain”
(New York, USA)

SongDoor 2010 is open for submissions on April 15, 2010. The entry fee is $10. For more information:

About SongDoor

SongDoor is an annual event designed by songwriters, for songwriters. The competition is open to amateur and professional songwriters worldwide. Judges include seasoned music industry producers, artists and engineers who have worked with/for such artists as Britney Spears, 'NSYNC, Neil Young, Jimmy Buffett, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and many, many others.

LeAnn Zotta
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